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From Recife: Recife Old Town and Olinda City Tour

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Discover Olinda, the first capital of Pernambuco state, and a city declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the old quarter of Recife, known as the city of waters, and learn about its history and culture.


  • Wander through the Old Town of Recife
  • Be amazed by a range of local crafts at the Pernambuco Handicraft Center
  • Learn about the historical city of Olinda
  • Admire the architecture of both cities and their rich history and culture


Explore Old Recife where the city has its origins. Begin at Armory Square, and take a pleasant walk through the neighborhood. Next, you can choose to visit one of 3 historical places. See the Paço do Frevo, featuring classes, multimedia and rotating exhibitions dedicated to local dance and frevo music. Explore the Pernambuco Embassy of the Giant Dolls, a cultural space dedicated to the Giant Dolls of carnival season. Visit the Cais do Sertão Museum that offers temporary exhibitions and permanent collections highlighting Northeastern Brazilian culture, with sensory experiences and innovative architecture. Afterwards, head to the Bom Jesus Street, where you will visit Kahal-Zur Israel Synagogue, the first American synagogue. Next, stop at the Pernambuco Handicraft Center, with its extensive variety of works of art produced by master artisans, and walk through streets of this charming neighborhood taking in its architecture and old buildings. Next discover the city of Olinda to the north of the city, surrounded by palm trees, tall coconut trees, the Atlantic Forest, and the ocean. Amidst uneven cobbled streets and hillsides adorned with countless colorful houses, visit secular churches such as the São Bento Monastery, whose high altar is an important example of Brazilian baroque. Stroll down the beautiful Rua do Amparo with its artisan workshops. Travel to Largo da Misericórdia and Alto da Sé, with their numerous viewpoints. You will have the opportunity to taste delicious tapioca with cheese and learn about the famous giant carnival dolls of Olinda, as well as the significant cultural heritage of the city.


Hotel pickup and drop-off from most hotels in Recife Shared regular tour or private tour, depending on option chosen Professional tour guide, language based on the option chosen
Food and drinks Entrance fees: Paço do Frevo = BRL 8 per person; Pernambuco Embassy of the Olinda Giant Dolls = BRL 20 per person; Cais do Sertão Museum = BRL 8 per person; Kahal-Zur Israel Synagogue = BRL 10 per person

Important Information

  • The entrances fees to all museums are not included and can be purchased the day
  • Please bring your passport or ID card
  • There will be an optional stop for lunch

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